Great post. I was born in a small town in Europe where my grandparents had chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs, and the neighbors had cows and other
animals. My grandfather was a hunter, and every now and then he would bring back venison or wild boar. I remember being able to drink unpasteurized
milk, cheese, yogurt, and my grandmother would kill a chicken or two on occasion for their meat. As a kid I didn't enjoy watching animals die, but
certainly they were very tasty once I got over the initial shock.
When we immigrated to the U.S. we found out that finding "REAL" milk, cheese and all those things was going to be a lot harder. The taste of milk,
cheese and meat was completely different. It was packed with preservatives and didn't even taste like the real thing anymore. Over the years I got
used to it, but every time we go back to visit family I am always looking forward to the real, natural, home-grown food.
As my former country becomes more and more capitalistic (and certainly I do appreciate Capitalism over Communism), the food you find in grocery stores
has come to resemble the food in the U.S. It is now shipped to their stores from other countries as opposed to being home-grown and delivered to the
stores from local farmers. Now that things are mass-produced on a huge scale, things don't taste the same anymore. I'd have to go to a local farm or
neighbor to get the type of food I was used to when I was a kid.
One day while vacationing in my home country my grandmother asked me to pick up a big box of milk for her. I wondered if she'd be able to drink all of
it before it went bad, but it turned out that she was now buying heavily preserved milk. When she asked me to set it down in the basement instead of
the refrigerator, I almost fell over. I wondered how the hell this milk didn't expire within the first day without being refrigerated. The expiration
date said it would be good for a whole month!!! I remember when we would pick up two 1-Liter glass bottles of milk every couple of days, because it
would go bad pretty quickly. Now they sell milk that lasts a month without being refrigerated? It was VERY difficult finding "REAL" milk the last time
I was there. Like I said, if I wanted the real thing I'd have to go to a neighbor who has a cow.
Sad times. I grew up on the real thing and I never got sick from any of it. I think this food regulation is complete B.S. Seems like every week there
is a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter, tomatoes, spinach, chicken, and so forth. Where's the safety in all this regulation???
10-3-2011 by 2manyquestions because: (no reason given)